Piaget’s new Altiplano Moonphase collection includes four pieces representing the four seasons and elements. Image Credit: Piaget

In a couple of years the French luxury Maison Piaget will be celebrating its 150th anniversary and a long, storied heritage of artisanal craftsmanship. After decades of watchmaking innovation, by the 1950s Piaget had established a brand trademark with its ultra-thin movements that became the signature of the Maison, and in 1998 Piaget launched the Altiplano model as the ultimate timepiece in ultra-thin watch elegance.

Now Piaget is opening a new chapter in its history by blending art with craft and introducing a brand new moon phase complication to the Altiplano collection. The new line includes four piece themed around the four seasons and the four elements.

The ultra-thin watch is masterfully made with technical innovation to keep it inside a 36mm case. Image Credit: Piaget

The Altiplano Moonphase is a technically impressive feat that fits in a 36-mm wide case, with dials that took two years to develop featuring constellations represented in precious stones on a translucent enamel sky created by master enameller Anita Porchet.

Everything had to be shrunk down to size to fit the Altiplano’s ultra-thin aesthetics, and enamelling and gold engraving called for the ultimate level of watchmaking expertise in order to achieve Piaget’s goals.

Piaget first started making ultra-thin watches in the 1950s and introduced its signature Altiplano line in 1998. Image Credit: Piaget

The Piaget Altiplano Moonphase also features moon rays of graduated diamonds, sapphires and garnets, with delightful details to surprise such as a elemental ‘Guardian’ appearing at night fall - the Azure Dragon is associated with Spring and wood; the red bird represents Summer and fire; the white tiger represents Autumn and metal; and the black turtle is the Guardian of Winter and water.